WIFTers shine at 2020 NZTV Awards

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

A big round of applause to the WIFT members whose work was recognised at the New Zealand Television Awards. There were trophies presented across 40 categories, and WIFT members featured in 12 of them.

And it was nice to see that former WIFT member, television exec Andrew Shaw was honoured as 2020 TV Legend!

The WIFT member winners were:

NZ On Air Best Drama Series
Philip Smith, Carmen J Leonard, Deb Cope, Great Southern Television for One Lane Bridge


Images & Sound Best Feature Drama
Carmen J Leonard, Deb Cope, Fearless Productions for Runaway Millionaires


NZ On Air Best Documentary
Charlotte Purdy, Rogue Productions for By The Balls


Best Original Reality Series
Rachel Currie for Unbreakable


Best Format Reality Series
Anna Lynch, Philip Smith, Great Southern Television for My Restaurant Rules


Best Lifestyle Programme
Meg Douglas, Scottie Douglas Productions for Off The Grid With Pio


Te M?ngai Paho Best M?ori Programme
Annabelle Lee-Mather, Philip Smith, Deb Cope, Great Southern Television for NZ Wars - Stories of Waitara


Te M?ngai Paho Best Reo M?ori Programme
Meg Douglas, Scottie Douglas Productions for Waka Huia


NZ On Air Best Pasifika Programme
Lisa Taouma, Tikilounge Productions for Marks of Mana


Best Sports Programme
Amber Easby, Natalie Wilson, Madeleine Chapman for Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

Best Editing: Documentary/Factual
Prisca Bouchet for Funny As


Best Post-production Design
Alana Cotton for The Luminaries

Click here to see the full list of winners

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Well said, sister!

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Congratulations to Madeleine Chapman and the Hex Work Production team who won the award for Best Sports Programme at the recent New Zealand Television Awards for their work on Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends. We were so stirred by Madeleine's acceptance speech that swe're sharing it here so you can all cheer at Madeleine's words!
Madeleine was the programme's interviewer and co-director of the first season, and is director of the second season. WIFT members Kelly Chen and Ainsley Calderwood have also worked on the series in various roles.

"Thank you for this, we are truly honoured to be here tonight. I'm speaking on behalf of the Scratched team - producers Amber (Easby) and Natalie (Wilson), EPs Duncan and Scotty, and trusted editor Eddy - to thank NZ On Air for believing this series important enough to fund, The Spinoff for providing the perfect platform, and most importantly the athletes who trusted us with their incredible stories.

Scratched has a clear purpose: to shine a light on athletes who have been overlooked in our collective sporting memory. All but one of the athletes we've documented so far have been women and or people of colour. We haven't found many overlooked P?keh? men because P?keh? men don't typically get overlooked.

I hope that soon there'll be no need for this show because all athletes today will be recognised as they should be in this moment.

Until then it's important to remember that women play sport, women watch TV, and women tell stories.

The sooner those with funding and decision-making power realise the connection between these three facts, the better off we'll all be."